Plant Sales, Garden Tours, and Garden Shows

Master Gardener Plant Sales

Spring Garden Market Saturday, April 13, 2013, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Our biggest plant sale is held in early spring at History San Jose in Kelly Park, San Jose.  Plant sales start at 9 a.m. and the vendor fair and seminars take place through the afternoon.

We offer hard-to-find heirloom tomato varieties and many different types of chiles and peppers that we start from seed in January – along with other interesting vegetable, herb and ornamental plants – tens of thousands of plants all told. Dozens of vendors offer more plants for sale along with gardening supplies of all sort, and throughout the day you can attend talks on growing vegetables, preparing soils, waterwise plantts, and more.  Master Gardeners at our Q&A table are on hand all day to answer any of your gardening questions.

Fall Plant Sale Saturday, October 5, 2013, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Each fall the Master Gardeners hold a Cool Season Vegetable Plant Sale at the Prusch Farm Park Harvest Festival.  Enjoy fresh, home-grown vegetables year-round – our Mediterranean climate is ideal for growing cole crops like broccoli and cabbage, greens like lettuce, spinach and argula, root crops like carrots and beets, and much more.   In addition to the plant sale, we host three other booths: Children’s Activities, a “Brag Table” showcasing produce, flowers and more, and a Q&A table.

    Garden Tours and Garden Shows

    Going Native Garden Tour Saturday, April 20, 2013 (SOUTH) and Sunday, April 21, 2013 (NORTH), 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Master gardeners volunteer as docents for this annual spring tour of waterwise and native plants gardens. The tour is free and features dozens of Bay Area gardens. Most of the gardens are in private homes, and the owners are on hand to answer questions, as well as docents. The Master Gardener Palo Alto Demonstration Garden is on the tour, and Master Gardeners give tours and answer questions. There are usually one or more gardens where plants can be purchased. Register today for the 2013 tour at the Going Native Garden Tour website. 

    Bay-Friendly Home Garden Tour Sunday, April 28, 2013 (Alameda County) and Sunday, May 5, 2013 (Napa County), 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.. A self-guided tour of gardens in Alameda and Napa counties. Gardens do not fit a "mold," but range from backyard wildlife gardens, to kitchen gardens, to native plant communities, and Mediterranean gardens.

    Spring in Guadalupe Gardens Saturday, April 20, 2013, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Warm Season Vegetable plants are on sale, and Master Gardeners host a Q&A table. This celebration of the out-of-doors takes place at the Guadalupe River Park in San Jose, as well as at the park’s Heritage Rose Garden – at the peak of its bloom with spectacular color and fragrance in the garden of more than 3,000 varieties of heritage, modern and miniature roses.

    Gamble Garden in Palo Alto holds several annual garden tours and plant sales. The Spring Tour, Friday, April 26 and Saturday, April 27, 2013, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., features visits to six private gardens. The Fall Community Day include tours of Gamble Garden, with special displays, horticultural resources at dozens of booths, and plant sales with many plants propagated from specimens in the gardens. The Master Gardeners host a Q&A table.
      Check our Events Calendar for dates and more information on any of these plant sales and garden shows.